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EQxD "U" Workshop | Charting Your Career Path: Creating a Roadmap for Success (1.5 LUs)
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When: Thursday, August 17, 2017
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: AIA San Francisco
130 Sutter Street, Suite 600
San Francisco, California  94104
United States

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From navigating day to day work/life challenges to mapping strategic career goals, charting your professional development, assessing periodically, and correcting your course can increase the likelihood for sustainable career satisfaction and success. During this quarter's workshop, you will gain insight from architect leaders who have used career mapping tools to navigate goals, options and challenges within their own career trajectory. You will learn and apply tools for strategic goal setting in your professional development as well as techniques/ideas for the immediate challenges of reconciling work/life conflicts which have more impact than you think. Working together, participants will map these macro and micro career mapping approaches highlighting connections between individual goals, prioritizing in both personal and professional contexts for realizing a rewarding and positive results.


6pm - 6:15pm Registration and Networking
6:15pm - 7pm Intro & Panel Discussion
7pm - 7:30pm Charting your Path Workshop
7:30pm - 7:45pm Report Back and Conclusions
7:45pm - 8pm Networking and Clean-up



Jill Bergman, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP (Principal, HDR Inc.) 

Jill is a Principal at HDR, and a leader in healthcare facility design. Jill holds her architecture licensed in California and is an ACHA board certified healthcare architect; and that is a good thing because she tried and failed at a career in standup comedy. Her background is all healthcare projects, mostly large firms, mostly large projects, mostly medical planning. She attended Clemson University for both her BA in Design and M.Arch, Architecture + Health program. She believes architectural design is a team sport; that hospitals are small magical cities; a short, well run meeting is a thing of beauty; and the intersection of data and buildings will grow exponentially in the next few years. In her past, she has taught residencies with the bay area LEAP Architects in School program, served on the AIA San Francisco Board of Directors, the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health National Board of Directors, chaired the Scholarships and Fellowships Committee for the AIA/Academy of Architecture for Health.

Lilian Asperin, AIA (Associate and Project Director, WRNS Studio)

Lilian values a firm culture that embraces collaboration, connection to the community, risk taking and fostering talent. As an Associate and Project Director for WRNS Studio’s San Francisco office, she helps lead the design process and build teams that deliver aspirational outcomes. Lilian attended the University of California, Berkeley and graduated with honors. After completing her studies, Lilian worked at architecture firms around the Bay Area, including Stanley Saitowitz, the City of San Francisco’s Bureau of Architecture, SOM and NBBJ. A leader within the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP), she organized the first-ever Hackathon for MOOC’s as part of the Pacific Regional Conference and continues her involvement with the organization as Council Program Chair. Lilian also acts as Co-Chair of AIA San Francisco’s Equity by Design, a call to action for both women and men to realize the goal of equitable practice and communicate the value of design to society.

Moderated by:

Annelise Pitts, Associate AIA (Bohlin Cywinski Jackson)

Annelise Pitts is a designer with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in San Francisco, CA. In her design work, she has collaborated with clients and interdisciplinary design teams on programmatically complex design and planning projects. Recent projects include the UC Davis Large Lecture Hall, and campus planning for Dominican University of California.  As a member of the Equity by Design core team, and the group’s current research chair, she is responsible for the development and oversight of the Equity in Architecture Research Project. She looks forward to sharing the results of the 2016 survey at this year’s symposium. Annelise spends her time outside of work exploring California’s ski mountains, running and hiking trails, and traveling with her husband.


Learning Objectives

  • Participants will be able to analyze data from career dynamics survey results, identify issues and frame problem statements related to pinch points in career dynamics.
  • Using examples shared by session leaders and question prompts participants will develop methods for articulating and negotiating professional development goals with senior leaders/employers.
  • Participants will determine how to identify resources and prioritize workflow into immediate, short-term and long-term milestones.
  • Participants will assess work/life conflicts and learn strategies to better navigate challenges in their professional and personal lives.

Pre-registration closes one hour before the event time. 


  • $20 AIASF Member
  • $25 General

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